Farage steps down as Reform UK chief, quits politics ‘for good’

Farage steps down as Reform UK chief, quits politics ‘for good’
Farage steps down as Reform UK chief, quits politics ‘for good’

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - LONDON — Nigel Farage, the grassroots Brexit politician largely credited with pressuring David Cameron into having an EU referendum, has quit politics for good. He has stepped down as leader of Reform UK.

Farage was the leader of the UK Independence Party until he famously quit after the 2016 Leave vote.

However, he made a sensational return two years later to form the Brexit Party, which later became the Reform Party, as a reaction to the government’s negotiations with the European Union.

Now, it seems, he has finally had enough. “There’s no going back — Brexit is done,” he told the Sunday Telegraph’s Chopper Politics podcast.

“That won’t be reversed. I know I’ve come back once or twice when people thought I’d gone, but this is it. It’s done. It’s over”.

Farage said he didn’t want to play golf “four times a week followed by half a pint of bitter” but instead intended to campaign against China’s influence in the UK and what he called the “woke agenda”.

“I see our communities being divided more than ever by this agenda. And I’m very worried about it. I want to fight all those things,” he said, reported the Evening Standard.

“I have built up over these years quite a considerable social media platform. I’ve got reach. So I want to go on influencing the debate. I want to go on changing debate. But I can do that without going out and fighting elections.”

Farage was originally a member of the Conservative Party but left after John Major signed the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, the foundation treaty of the European Union.

He married Gráinne Hayes in 1988 and the couple had two children, Samuel and Thomas, before divorcing in 1997. The 56-year-old later married Kirsten Farage in 1992 and the pair had two children.

In 2017, Kirsten Farage told the Press Association that the couple were living "separate lives" and that Nigel Farage had "moved out of the family home a while ago".

Farage told the Chopper Politics podcast “the really difficult bit” of politics was the “way it affects those close to you, your family, your children”.

In a video statement posted on Twitter on Saturday night, Farage said Brexit had been his “life’s work” and had taken over “the best part of three decades” but now is the time to step away.

In another tweet, he said, “I won’t be involved in elected politics any longer, but I’m not going to go away from fighting the big battles of the day.

“This is why I’m standing down as leader of Reform UK. I will continue to play my part through the media, social media and new projects.

“My thanks go out to the many millions that helped change the course of history forever.

Reform UK later said, “We would like to thank him for his leadership, vision and dedication. We are happy to announce that he will be taking up the role of Honorary President of the party.”

In his letter announcing his departure, Farage said, “We have achieved a great deal since the launch of the Brexit Party in April 2019. None of this would have been possible without your extraordinary and rapid call to arms.

“After a quarter of a century building UKIP up into a national political force, without which a Referendum would never have been granted, I never thought that I would need to start a new party from scratch.

“But thank goodness I did because we handsomely won the European elections and got rid of Mrs. May as Prime Minister.

“In the months that followed, the Brexit Party was topping the opinion polls and this guaranteed that the Conservative Party would come to its senses. They selected Boris Johnson as the next Prime Minister with a more positive, pro-Brexit message.

“The final outcome has cut off Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK and treated our fisherman terribly, but we are out and there is no going back. Already, in terms of the vaccine rollout and trade deals around the world, we are seeing the benefits of Brexit and the EU itself turn into a laughing stock.

“As the elections in May now look likely to be taking place, I’ve been reflecting on my role and my life over the course of the next few years. Whilst I was always interested in current affairs, I had never intended to be directly involved in politics.

“With the May elections now looming, I intend to stand aside as leader of Reform UK and relinquish any executive power within the party.

“I am delighted to take up a position as Honorary President and will leave Reform UK in the capable hands of Richard Tice, who so ably assisted me in the construction and the running of the Brexit Party.

“Reform will need to democratize itself and set up a national structure. It is no easy task and I wish Richard well in this huge endeavor.” — Agencies


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